German professional golfer Martin Kaymer, who recently confirmed that he will be participating in the upcoming Maybank Malaysian Open 2011 is currently the number 1 ranked golfer in the latest Official World Golf Rankings after his latest finish at the 2011 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship where he completed as the runner-up.
Born in Dusseldorf, Kaymer turned pro 6 years ago where he is also part of the European Tour team. Under this tour, he has since garnered 9 titles of which 4 came from last year where he also took home the Race to Dubai for the first time. The Race to Dubai is formerly known as the Order of Merit.
He first took home his first professional title as an amateur when he won the Central German Classic id 2005 with a 5 stroke margin. In February to August 2006, he participated in 14 tournaments where apart from one, he finished among the top 10. On top of that, he also won 5 of the tournaments including the Order of Merit at the EPD Tour.
This success propelled him to the Challenge Tour where he won 2 of the 8 tournaments he joined from August through to October. He then went on to obtain the European Tour card for 2007 after more success where he won the Vodafone Challenge in Germany and the Open des Volcans in France. His 2007 European Tour debut came at the UBS Hong Kong Open but failed to win anything and only in Europe where he began his climb up the rankings.
In 2008, he won the Abu Dhabi Golf championship where he then sprung to 34th in the world rankings, the only under 25 year old player in the top 50. He then played the Dubai Desert Classic where he lost to the then number one Tiger Woods by one stroke. This pushed him to 21. He then went on to win the BMW International Open where he became the first German to win the tournament.
Kaymer created history throughout his career and his hard work paid off when he become the second German to be ranked number one in the world after Bernhard Langer. His recent outing at the Match Play Championship pushed Lee Westwood down to the second place and it would be interesting to have him at our greens next month.